Lynette Rice
December 24, 2011 AT 06:03 AM EST

Image Credit: WireImage.com Production on The Great Gatsby will resume after the start of the new year to give director Baz Luhrmann a chance to recover from an injury he incurred while filming in Australia. 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Luhrmann was directing a scene from the remake that stars Leonard DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire when he bumped into a camera crane. Explained co-producer Anton Monsted, ”We were on quite a cramped set and he was ducking under the crane. He struck his head on the weights on the end of the camera crane. He split open his head and we had to get the doctor.”

Luhrmann required three stitches to his head. As a result, production was stopped early in Sydney so the cast could get home earlier than planned for the holidays. They will return for additional shots in January.

”There’s a few days owing due to rain and then there will also be what we would have shot … had we continued filming after Baz’s injury,” Monsted told the newspaper.

The movie is set for release on Christmas in 2012.

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